Merchants hold sixth place
The Norwich Merchants won and lost during in their weekend games
MERCHANTS WIN, LOSE
The Norwich Merchants began the weekend with a 2-1 loss to the Woodstock Navy Vets Friday, but bounced back with a 6-2 win against the Paris Mounties Saturday.
The Navy Vets opened the scoring in the first period, but Norwich’s Blake Pow tied the game at 8:12 on the power play with Harlen VanWynsberghe assisting. Elms scored the gamewinner minutes later. Tyler Gubesch made 34 saves, largely shutting down Woodstock’s scoring chances.
The Merchants came back the next night with four goals in the first period to beat Paris 6-2.
Norwich saw Pow open the scoring 57 seconds into the game, with Peter Cappucci scoring on the power play at 5:58. Pow added another power-play goal at 13:07 and Ryan Dayman made it 4-0 at 13:22.
Paris scored a goal in the second and third, but Pow completed his hat trick at 7:46 and Dayman added an empty net at 18:10. Troy Lamoure had two assists and Tyler Gubesch made 38 saves in net.
The Merchants also saw leading scorer Mason Cooper move to the Southern Oregon Spartans of the Western States Hockey League. Norwich picked up Peter Cappucci from the Grimsby Peach Kings and released defenceman Liam Munro. They also re-added Matt Caskanette, who played with Norwich last year, after he started the year with the St. Marys Lincolns in Junior B.
The Merchants sit at a 9-9-1 record and are in sixth place in the division. They visit the Ayr Centennials Thursday and host the Tavistock Braves Friday at 8 p.m.
TROJANS DROP PAIR OF GAMES
The Thamesford Trojans lost both their games last weekend with a 6-1 defeat to the Dorchester Dolphins and 11-2 to the Lambeth Lancers.
The Trojans opened with the loss to Dorchester as the Dolphins scored five goals in the first two periods to take a decisive lead. Kody Tremblay had Thamesford’s lone goal and Mitchell Van Eindhoven and Ashton Moore made a combined 43 stops in net.
Following the lopsided loss to Dorchester, the Trojans were dominated by Lambeth the next night as the Lancers had six third-period goals. Codey McRoberts and Jordan Winter had Thamesford’s goals.
Thamesford holds fourth spot with a 10-9 record. The Trojans host North Middlesex tonight at 8:30 p.m. and then visit the Aylmer Spitfires Saturday and the Mount Brydges Bulldogs Sunday.
The Tillsonburg Hurricanes of the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League went 1-2 over the weekend.
The Hurricanes opened with a 4-2 loss to the North York Predators but then won 6-5 against the London Lakers. They ended with a 9-5 loss to the Kingsville Kings.
In their game against North York, Gray Sinden and Noah Demelo scored in the loss. Their win over London saw Kimiwan Johnson, Luke Fraser, Maxsim Korobeinikov, Gray Sinden, Noah Demelo and Griffen Sinden score as Noah Acciaccaferri made 19 saves for the win.
Tillsonburg ended with a loss to Kingsville that saw Maxsim Korobeinikov score a hat trick, while Noah Demelo and Gray Sinden added goals. Kyran Karol had four assists.
Tillsonburg’s 6-11 in the GMHL’s South Division. Their lone game is Nov. 17 against Northumberland in Colborne.
Norwich Merchants goalie Tyler Gubesch makes a glove save against the Woodstock Navy Vets in Woodstock, Ont. on Friday November 10, 2017. Woodstock won 2-1, but Norwich beat the Paris Mounties 6-2 the next night..